Today through His Word He spoke directly to me regarding issues of my heart and issues of the hearts of those I allow to speak into my life. Some of what is spoken are words of darkness (things like complaining and criticism) going into my ears and/or coming out of my mouth instead of words of light and truth and praise. Words that kindle His anger and grieve His Spirit instead of words that make Him smile and rejoice.
My prayers and meditations from today’s Word is:
Psalm 51:8 “Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bone which thou has broken may rejoice.”
Psalm 51:15 “O Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.”
Well, probably should just read all of Psalm 51. It says so much…like Psalm 51:6
Numbers 11:1 – and when the people complained it displeased the Lord: and the Lord hear it; and His anger was kindled. Number 11:10 – Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent; and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly: also Moses was displeased. (complaining, whining)
Mark 14:4 – and there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said why was this waste of the ointment used? (Criticism)
Mark 14:4-9 my thoughts – Then Jesus rebukes the disciples for their criticism.
This also struck me although off topic. In Mark 14:16 it says, “and he sought how he might conveniently betray him.” That word “conveniently” made me incredibly sad. To be betrayed is one thing but conveniently betrayed. I wonder how often we conveniently betray or disobey or sin in any way?!?
Conveniently: ease in use, easy, comfortable, at hand, easily acceptable, hand.
Proverbs 10-11 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongues shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
Froward: willfully contrary; not easily managed; obstinate, wayward, difficult, fractious.
Only God could have prepared such a feast for me for this morning.
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Help me oh Lord to apply this Word to my life today. In Jesus precious and holy and magnificent Name, I pray….AMEN!!
(Originally written 3/8/2013)